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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-91-059
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Synopsis: ON DECEMBER 3, 1990, AT 1354 EASTERN STANDARD TIME, NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA) FLIGHT 1482, A MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9, AND NORTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT 299, A BOEING 727 (B-727), COLLIDED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF RUNWAYS 09/27 AND 03C-21C AT DETROIT METROPOLITAN/WAYNE COUNTY AIRPORT (DTW), DETROIT MICHIGAN. THE DC-9 WAS TO BE A REGULARLY SCHEDULED PASSENGER FLIGHT TO PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, AND THE B-727 WAS TO BE A REGULARLY SCHEDULED PASSENGER FLIGHT TO MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. BOTH AIRPLANES WERE OPERATING UNDER FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATIONS (FAR) PART 121 AND INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS PREVAILED AT THE TIME AT DTW. THE B-727 WAS ON ITS TAKEOFF ROLL ON RUNWAY 3C AT THE TIME OF THE COLLISION, AND THE DC-9 HAD TAXIED ONTO THE RUNWAY JUST PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. THE B-727 WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED, AND THE DC-9 WAS DESTROYED DURING THE COLLISION AND SUBSEQUENT FIRE. OF THE 40 PASSENGERS AND 4 CREWMEMBERS ABOARD THE DC-9, 7 PASSENGERS AND 1 FLIGHT ATTENDANT RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES. NONE OF THE 146 PASSENGERS AND 8 CREWMEMBERS ON THE B-727 WERE INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: INCLUDE GUIDANCE IN ADVISORY CIRCULAR 150/5220-4 WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT FIRE AND RESCUE PROTECTION, THAT ADDRESSES THE NEED FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO BE NOTIFIED IN A TIMELY MANNER WHEN HYDRANTS AND WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS USED FOR FIRE FIGHTING ARE INOPERABLE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: ROMULUS, MI, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA91MA010AB
Accident Reports: NW Airlines, Inc., Flights 1482 and 299 Runway Incursion and Collision
Report #: AAR-91-05
Accident Date: 12/3/1990
Issue Date: 7/23/1991
Date Closed: 3/15/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/15/1993
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE FAA INCLUDED GUIDANCE IN AC 150/5220-4B TO REFLECT THE NEED TO NOTIFY FIRE DEPARTMENTS WHEN SYSTEM OUTAGES OCCUR. BASED ON THIS INFO, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES RECOMMENDATION A-91-59 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/9/1992
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION. THE FAA INCLUDED GUIDANCE IN AC 150/5220-4B, WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS FOR AIRCRAFT FIRE AND RESCUE PROTECTION, TO REFLECT THE NEED FOR NOTIFYING FIRE DEPARTMENTS WHEN SYSTEM OUTAGES OCCUR.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/27/1992
Response: The Safety Board notes that the FAA is taking action in response to Safety Recommendations A-91-54 through -63 and A-91-65 through -66 and will keep us advised of progress. Pending our further evaluation of these safety recommendations, they are classified as "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/3/1991
Response: THE FAA AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THIS SAFETY RECOMMENDATION AND WILL INCLUDE GUIDANCE IN AC 150/5220-4 ON THE NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS NOTIFIED OF SYSTEM OUTAGES.